I was writing a story and referred to the Nun's Chorus which I had not heard for some time - this recording by Anni Frind despite its age far surpasses anything else I could find on YouTube - the recording by Dame Joan Sotherland lacked good diction so one could not hear the words - and the recording by a rather rotund USAmerican soprano was raucous and equally inaudible in terms of the words, as was that by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - here one might adapt an old adage - those were the days - of good singing - mit herzen
January 15, 2009 Subject:
Original production recording
Anni Frind, 1900-1987 "O Madonna, auf uns sieh" "The Nun's Chorus" "Nonnenchor" from Casanova HMV 78 Record recorded at the Grossen Schauspielhauses Berlin 1929
Anni Frind sang leading soubrette soprano roles in both opera and operetta.
She made her debut in 1922 at the Berlin Volksoper and later sang at the Munich State Opera, the Dresden State Opera and the German Opera House in Berlin. She had a brilliant success in the world premiere of ''Casanova'' in 1928 and thereafter devoted her energies mainly to operetta. She made many recordings for HMV and Odeon.
An early and outspoken opponent of the Nazis, she left Germany upon the ascent of Hitler. During World War II, she sang for Allied soldiers at the front and worked as a volunteer nurse. After the war, she moved to New Orleans, where she taught singing as Anni Frind-Sperling.